Sentai Filmworks, LLC is an American anime
licensing company located in Houston
which specializes in Japanese animation and Asian cinema
The company has its origins to A.D. Vision
, which was founded in 1992 by video game
fan John Ledford
fans Matt Greenfield
and David Williams
. ADV collapsed due to low sales and eventually liquidated their assets in 2009. Ledford founded Sentai in 2008 and acquired the majority of ADV's titles. Its offices are in the International District
in Southwest Houston
Founded in 2008, Sentai had started releasing its first titles, which included ''Clannad'', ''Princess Resurrection
'', ''Indian Summer
'' and ''Mahoromatic
'' (formerly licensed by Geneon
). The company's titles were initially distributed by ADV Films
. On September 1, 2009, A.D. Vision
had closed its doors and sold off its assets, which included transferring distribution rights to Section23 Films
On July 4, 2013, during its industry panel at Anime Expo
, Sentai Filmworks announced its plans to release a number of classic titles from Tatsunoko Production
. The current list of released titles from the partnership include the original ''Gatchaman
'' series and movie
, ''Time Bokan: Royal Revival
'', and ''Casshan
'', and more titles followed.
announced a licensing deal with Sentai Filmworks that included a number of titles from Sunrise’s library that were formerly licensed by Bandai Entertainment
during its Otakon
panel on August 8, 2013.
In 2014, Sentai opened its in-house localization and recording facility, Sentai Studios.
On June 1, 2015, Sentai made an announcement on its Web site that ''Akame ga Kill!
'' had been picked up by Adult Swim
for broadcast on its Toonami
block, almost one week after its announcement at MomoCon
2015. The show began airing on August 8, 2015, and its premiere night was one of the most watched programs in the block's history with over 1.8 million viewers. Later that year, ''Parasyte -the maxim-
'', premiered on October 3. Sentai has promoted the time that the two shows air as "#SentaiHour" on social media. On July 6, 2019, ''Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma
'' began airing on Toonami.
In March 2017, Sentai signed a deal with Amazon
to stream the majority of its new licensees exclusively on its Anime Strike
channel on Amazon Prime Video
in the United States, starting with the Spring 2017 season. After Anime Strike was shuttered in early 2018, all titles previously exclusive to the service were made available to Amazon Prime subscribers in the U.S at no extra charge.
On July 18, 2019, Sentai Filmworks launched a GoFundMe
appeal in the wake of the arson attack at Kyoto Animation
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On August 1, 2019, Sentai Filmworks' parent company Sentai Holdings, LLC announced that the Cool Japan
Fund invested for shares of the company, stating that "Sentai's independent status makes it a rarity in North America as a licensor of Japanese anime". On September 30, 2020, the Cool Japan Fund made an additional available, stating that Sentai had achieved better financial results in 2019 compared to 2018, with plans for medium and long-term growth, and strategic changes following the COVID-19 pandemic.
On September 5, 2020, Crunchyroll
announced that they had entered in a partnership with Sentai Filmworks to distribute Crunchyroll licensed titles onto home video and electronic sell-through, with ''Granbelm
'', ''Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma: The Fourth Plate
'', ''Ascendance of a Bookworm
'', and ''World Trigger
'' being the first titles distributed through the partnership.
Sentai Filmworks does not directly release its properties outside of America but instead sub-licenses to other companies. In 2011, MVM Entertainment
licensed ''Mahoromatic: Something More Beautiful
'' after Sentai's re-release of the series, and has done the same with ''Broken Blade
In March 2018, it was revealed that Sentai holds distribution rights to the film ''No Game No Life: Zero
'' that the company gave to the Mexican distributor Madness Entertainment. It was revealed that they directly commissioned a Spanish dubbed version for the film. On March 15, Sentai announced the acquisition of ''Alice or Alice
'' to Spain and Portugal.
*''Akame ga Kill!
*''Bloom Into You
*''Dream Eater Merry
*''The Familiar of Zero
*''Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma
*''Highschool of the Dead
*''Higurashi When They Cry
*''Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto
*''Hayate the Combat Butler
*''Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?
*''Legend of the Galactic Heroes
*''Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions
*''Made in Abyss
*''Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun
*''My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU
*''Non Non Biyori
*''No Game No Life
*''Parasyte -the maxim-
*''Redo of Healer
*''Tanaka-kun is Always Listless
*''The Pet Girl of Sakurasou
*''The World God Only Knows
*''To Love Ru
After the discontinuation of Anime Network Online
, HIDIVE LLC, a new company not affiliated with Anime Network, acquired the service's assets and spun them off into a new streaming service called HIDIVE. Former subscriptions for Anime Network Online were migrated over to HIDIVE.
HIDIVE is the exclusive carrier of select licensed titles from Sentai and Section23. Following the closure of Anime Strike
, HIDIVE began streaming titles that were previously exclusive to the former service.
On July 21, 2017, HIDIVE announced the service would start to offer selected anime titles with Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.
In April 2018, HIDIVE began offering "dubcasts" to compete against Funimation
's simuldub program
. Similar to simuldubs, HIDIVE streams dubs of simulcast titles approximately two to three weeks after the initial Japanese broadcast.
On October 18, 2018, VRV
announced that HIDIVE would be launching a channel on its service. HIDIVE's channel replaced that of Funimation, which left the service on November 9, 2018.
* ADV Films
* Section23 Films
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